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Two dead in massive wildfire near Colorado Springs

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Two dead in massive wildfire near Colorado Springs

By Cory Marshall. CREATED Jun 13, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - It's being called the most destructive fire in Colorado state history.

Authorities say two people have died in the Black Forest fire, burning near Colorado Springs. Fire crews found their remains, Thursday.

So far, thousands of people have been evacuated.

"I thought I had about an hour and it turned out to be about 20 minutes," Paula Warren, who was evacuated from her home, said.

"It started like getting black and getting a little bigger. So, we just hurried home and just started packing up all the stuff," Travis Hinton said.

The Hinton family says they had just enough time to gather pets and photos. Their home has been deemed a total loss.

"You look at each other and we cried a bit and we just try to decide what's next, " Jack Hinton told a CNN affiliate as he stood next to his on.

The fire has destroyed at least 360 homes, charring 23-square miles of heavily wooded hillsides.

Fire crews say strong winds, hot temperatures and dry brush are to blame. Some places saw 30 mph winds.

Fire crews have been battling the blaze from in the air and on the ground.

"Wind is probably our number one threat. It has been the game changer. It has been what has changed the conditions," El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said.

The wildfire is burning just 15 miles from last June's massive Waldo Canyon fire. This time, officials say, it's even worse.